Best Happiness Hack Ever

This is brilliant and so simple. Perhaps from an unlikely source. How much less stressful would our lives be if we could let go of our perceptions of what others think of us? Most of us spend a good bit of our energy and emotion wondering what others are thinking…

Do Calories in = Calories Out?

Maybe calories in don’t always equal calories out. Why can two people eat the exact same thing and one is thin, while the other struggles to lose weight? A huge piece of the puzzle is the need to lower calorie consumption over time in order maintain weight loss. I have…

My Confession

As a fitness and corporate wellness professional, I pretty much walk the talk. I work out every day, coach other people on their fitness and nutrition habits, go to bed at 9:30 most every night, have family dinners most every night, drink alcohol only on occasion, cook from scratch (though…

How to Overcome “Diet Rebellion”

Do you ever think to yourself, “I’m sick of people telling me what I should and shouldn’t eat! I am going to eat whatever I want.”? Then you might have some rebel tendencies. And I have an idea for you. Here is your plan for overcoming “diet rebellion.” Instead of…

You Just Lost Your Last Excuse

“What would it look like for you and me to see every movement as an opportunity to be grateful? To not waste one second of our health?“ Have you met Kristan Seaford? If not, I am giving you fair warning that any excuse you have ever used to avoid going…

Normal BMI with Large Bellies = Increased Risk of Death

Having a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25 or under does not guarantee that we are healthy. People with a normal BMI who carry their weight around the middle are at the highest risk of death from any cause compared to those who are overweight or obese but carry…

What’s the Minimum Strength Training?

You want to do the bare minimum and get results. I get that. So how little strength training can you do, and still see results? Opinions vary, but most research points towards twice a week as a minimum. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a minimum of 10-12…

What’s the Real Scoop on Meal-Timing?

Breakfast? Intermittent fasting? Late-night snacking? Depending on what you read, all of these can be glorified or vilified. But now, the American Heart Association (AHA) has released a “scientific statement” on meal-timing and frequency, and how they affect weight and heart disease. (1) Below are some highlights of the 27-page…

Is Salt Really Bad For Me?

Not as bad as you think for most people. This is another one of my hot buttons about which I have written before. Many people assume that salt is bad for everyone, though opinions on optimal amounts vary widely. For example, the European Heart Journal recently stated that there is…

Junk and Processed Food Damages Blood Cells

This is so embarrassing. When I read this study I was eating chocolate pie. Seriously. But it was not “processed” technically, because it was homemade. It came from real butter, sugar, cocoa, and eggs. But yeah, no antioxidants or other redeeming value. A cancer researcher at Swansea University stumbled upon…